Sample letter to the Director of Public Prosecutions: Zambia: Rampant rape of schoolgirls by their teachers—victory in R.M.’s civil case

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Mr. Chalwe Mchenga
Director of Public Prosecutions
P.O. Box 50106
Republic of Zambia
Tel: +260 211 251 367
Fax: +260 211 257 636


Dear Mr. Mchenga,

I am writing in regard to the landmark decision of Judge Phillip Musonda of the High Court of Lusaka of 30 June 2008 in the case of R.M., a 13 year-old schoolgirl, who was raped by her teacher, Edson (or Edward) Hakasenke. The judgment became final in August 2009 after the Government of Zambia dropped its appeal of the case. In his decision, Judge Musonda referred the matter to you for possible criminal prosecution.

I am extremely concerned that over three years after the incident, Mr. Hakasenke remains at large and I urge you to take immediate action to arrest and prosecute him. All countries should be doing all they can to protect girls from all forms of violence including sexual abuse and Zambia’s obligations are enshrined in its own Constitution, and in other human rights instruments to which it is a party, including the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa. I urge you to ensure that all girls in Zambia have full recourse to the law if they are raped and that perpetrators are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

I thank you for your attention.

Sincerely yours,